It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write.
FUEL is the daughter of the Great Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, founded by Heather Austin. Heather not only brought the first espresso/capuccino emporium to Great Barrington, but was also responsible for the town’s great sushi invasion. When Heather had enough of the food and drink business she passed the coffee shop on to Robin and Will Curletti.
They provide Great Barrington with creative coffee – a place where doctors and waitresses, mechanics and social workers come together to share coffee and tea and pastry and continuing conversations about matters large and small. Town politics, relationship advice, and international affairs are spoken here at all hours.
In 2008, the greatest of the sandwich makers, Frankie T. from his sanctuary in Central America blessed Fuel with his secret recipes for the sandwiches that made him beloved throughout the Berkshires. Frankie T and Boomer – Deli soup maker extraordinaire – then traveled to Fuel to present Robin with their secrets of the trade, and Great Barrington is once again happy to have its Arlos and McGuidos and Avocado Mantalbans.